Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Genetic Counseling

First Advisor

Whitney Dobek

Abstract

A hereditary cause for prostate cancer can be identified in 5-17% of cases, which can impact treatment and cancer screening recommendations for patients and their families. Increased demand for genetic testing has necessitated consideration of alternative genetic counseling service delivery models to meet needs. Studies have shown that group genetic counseling increases efficiency while maintaining the same patient benefits as individual genetic counseling, but research has mainly focused on patients who were assigned female at birth (AFAB). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of group genetic counseling for prostate cancer by assessing participants’ satisfaction and feelings of empowerment, as well as the efficiency and acceptability of this model. Sixteen prostate cancer patients were randomly assigned to receive individual (n=7) or group (n=9) genetic counseling and were surveyed before and after their appointments. Genetic counselors saved 21 minutes per patient with group genetic counseling compared to individual genetic counseling (p

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